THE SCENE

“Folk in Croatia love to dance; they never want the party to stop. There’s a genuine love for the music and people will often go on dancing all night long. The nice thing about Croatia: the islands are no more than two-and-a-half-hours by boat from the mainland, and there’s so much to explore. Croatia’s a great place for juggling old, new and authentic experiences.”

Jamie Jones [via Condé Nast]
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Local dishes:

Fish is popular along the coast and the country’s proximity to Italy has also had an influence on the cuisine. You’ll find superb shellfish and squid risottos, abundant and affordable lobster and, of course, plenty of pizzas and pastas.

Currency and spending:

Kuna is the official currency of Croatia, and a Croatian kuna is made up of 100 lipa. If you need to exchange money in Croatia, make sure you use reliable places such as banks or ATMs. Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, but there are no confirmed plans to move to the Euro as the country’s official currency. You’ll still be able to pay in Euros in some restaurants and on some transport in the larger cities; but Kuna is more widely accepted and a safer bet. Food and drink is cheap in Croatia, so eating out is recommended! – Especially in local restaurants, where you can get a pint for around £1.65.

FESTIVAL DESTINATIONS IN CROATIA

Tisno

Although it’s a small village, Tisno is regarded the ‘festival city’ of Croatia and is home to most of the ‘happening’ and well known music festivals. Tisno is situated between two big Croatian cities: Zadar and Sibenik. The nearest airports to the village of Tisno are Zadar (45 mins), Split (90 mins) or Zagreb (4 hrs). 

Split

The nearest airport to Split is Split (SPU) Airport. Split is Croatia’s second largest city. With ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, Split is a mix of modern life and ancient history. The coastal city has a bustling waterfront, with fresh seafood served daily at many of the restaurants in town. Split is a close distance to the city of Hvar, accessible by boat – where some of the summer’s best parties take place.

Pula

The City of Pula, known as Croatia’s “best kept secret”, used to be home to Dimensions and Outlook festival, until they recently moved a four hour drive down the coast to Tisno. Pula’s nearest airport is Rijeka Airport (62km). If you’re road tripping, Pula is well worth a visit for its ancient Roman ruins. Steeped in history, Pula offers an authentic experience of a Croatian city.

Pag Island / Zrće Beach

The second most famous festival destination in Croatia is Zrce Beach, in the town of Novalja, is known as the nightlife hub of Pag Island. The nearest airport to Pag Island is Zadar Airport. Local Pag transport operator Antonio Tours operates daily bus services from Zadar to Pag Town and Novalja. Journey time to Pag Town is one hour; to Novalja it is one and a half hours.

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. Zagreb Airport Franjo Tuđman is the busiest international airport in Croatia. Zagreb and the surrounding area is brimming with things to do, including kayaking down the Mreznica Canyon, biking on Bear Mountain, or even just exploring the elegant and charming city. 

FESTIVALS IN CROATIA

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One for the hedonistic disco fans. Love International brings colourful house and disco vibes to The Garden, Tisno for a full week of partying. In just a few years, Love International has refined and honed the concept of a holiday and festival blended together, where one segues into the other and back again, seemingly without missing a beat.

One for the house fans. Defected Croatia is a family affair. Travelling from all corners of the globe to The Garden, Tisno on the shores of the Adriatic, the festival celebrates Defected’s house music values – inclusivity, togetherness and escapism in the sunshine and under the stars.

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One for the techno fans. Dimensions is a celebration of underground dance music. The festival brings together an impressive collection of transcendent sounds and celestial grooves from across our planet – warming our hearts and opening our souls to a seemingly limitless array of musical marvels, carefully programmed across unique stages.

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One for the sound system culture fans. For over a decade Outlook Festival has been the world’s leading bass music party; a mecca for artists, fans and audiophiles alike. Across the sun-drenched Outlook days and hazy nights, you can expect to hear reggae, dubstep, bass, grime, DnB, garage, dub, soul and hip-hop soundtracking the Outlook experience. 

One for the hip hop fans. Fresh Island has quickly become one of the ultimate hip-hop, grime and R&B events of the summer. Think Wireless Festival but with buckets of sunshine, boat trips and takeovers in 3 of the top clubs in Europe.

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One for the mainstream dance and grime fans. Basking in the gorgeous heat of Zrce Beach, Hideout has become synonymous in the forward-thinking and euphoric programme it plays host to every year – whether that’s across one of its numerous stages or with their renowned Boat Parties.

One for the mainstream EDM fans. ULTRA Europe takes place inside Split’s Mladeži Park. The city becomes the backdrop for firework displays, smoke cannons and more. Beyond the park, Ultra Europe also hosts parties in what is known as Destination Ultra, including Ultra Beach on the nearby island of Hvar, a Regatta beach party on Brač and a number of parties inside beach clubs and fortresses on the edge of the city. 

Sonus one for the underground dance music fans. An adventure combining idyllic beaches, world-class artists and stunning production under the sun. Combining international headliners, underground superstars, and newcomers, Sonus is THE go to Croatian festival for any discerning house and techno lover.